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to have runs. fourth him of the debt ceiling was going to derail our economy for certain, even if we manage to solve the fiscal cliff and the sequester lurked ominously. no matter what deal the politicians made. these would have course throw us off track and cause much higher unemployment. finally, four months ago, fourth quarter earnings, the reports were right around the corner and they were supposed to be, yes, nothing to write home about, or maybe worse, particularly the worldwide slowdown that europe seemed to be mandating, we could have huge downside surprises and the last time we had some pre-announcements -- wait a second. what actually happened? how about we had the best first quarter in 15 years. how is that possible? i think it's because the market has changed its animals. i'm not kidding. investors stopped being scared of washington or europe or earnings shortfalls and they decided to embrace the future, not spurn it. they became like ulysses and his crew, strapped to the mast, oblivious to the sell, sell, sell sirens of the saturnine set. where is sappho when you need h
to have another crisis, a debt ceiling crisis, because if the president thinks the republicans are going to go along with this, if they are going to go along with other sorts of tax increases, big tax increases for minor entitlement cuts, that's not going to happen. i mean, as we were saying before, it's the sequester, the spending austerity, the right kind of austerity, that is helping this economy right now. balanced off by the fed. we're not going to get rid that have and replace it with tax hikes. >> dave drucker, the gop wants to win in 2014, i get that, but if the gop becomes democrats, i don't think they are going to win in 2014. >> well, larry, i think everybody should disabuse themselves of the fact that the republicans are going to sign on to the obama budget in any form as it's presented today, and that they are going to support tax increases of any kind, and if the president thinks that the fiscal cliff deal is a way forward for him to cut more deal with the republicans he's going to be disappointed. not only is it bad for them politically, they simply don't believe in it and
a number of the banks. whether it be concerns about the budget or the debt ceiling, it's one of these issues. >> and all of these come as the banks are performing very well. if you want to know whether they are safer, if they are better businesses compared to a year ago, that's another question, right, mary? >> take a look at the revenue. a number of banks would argue, yes, we are safer. but as far as revenue goes, this is speaks to how the businesses are performing. really the growth on the revenue front isn't there. it's either down or very slight increases in revenue growth. you are seeing improvement in profitability as these companies continue to cut costs. they're being very, very aggressive on expense management. and that's helping to drive the bottom line. >> let's get to ww gragranger. this is a big move in today's session. >> there was a company in the machinery and repair business, a good window into the industrial businesses, $240 stock, which is a big stock that people tend not to talk about. they miss sales estimates. sales continue to grow. interesting. they bl
're going to get a public policy flare-up like we had in '10 or '11 during the debt ceiling debate or what happened during the whole election process which so influenced business confidence a year ago. so those two factors are better than they were each of the last three years. the growth piece is similar. on balance we think that adds up to something less than those prior three-year corrections. but close to at least last year's. >> there are some interesting calls in that analysis. barry, thank you very much for your time. barry knapp there at barclays. >>> switching gears a bit from the broader markets to technology, specifically apple and its slide back below $400 today. does the news out of verizon offset all the bad news we got from supplier cirrus yesterday. dan niles, is the cio of alpha one capital, he's been negative on apple shares for six to nine months or so. joins us on the news line today. dan, welcome back. >> thanks, carl. nice to be on. >> does any of the activations of the iphone out of verizon negate or offset what spooked us from cirrus yesterday? >> not at all. verizo
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